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Fort Square, From The South Side Of The Parade, Fort St. George.

Fort Square, From The South Side Of The Parade, Fort St. George.

Artist: Ward, Francis Swain (1736 - 94)

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1805

Shelfmark: X768/2(5)

Item number: 20005

Genre: Print

Plate five from '24 Views in Indostan by William Orme'. This aquatint by Joseph C. Staedler (fl.1790-1815) is based on a picture by Francis Swaine Ward (1736-94). This picture shows how the square inside of Fort Saint George must have looked in the late Eighteenth Century. The fort was established in 1644 by the British East India Company, and is today the name of a city district within Chennai (Madras). In 1711 the inner Fort walls and corner bastions were pulled down and Fort Square was created. The Fort was lost to the French under Labourdonnais in 1746, but was restored to the British under the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle of 1748. After this designs for its remodelling were prepared in 1750 by Bartholomew Robins, a mathematician. It was not completed until 1783.

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